The Revd Canon Stafford Moses (pictured) is to be consecrated as the third Bishop of False Bay, one of our three Link Dioceses in the Cape region of South Africa, on Saturday 24th February at the Cathedral of All Saints, Somerset West, Cape Town, by Archbishop of Cape Town the Most Revd Dr Thabo Makgoba.

  • The service is to be live streamed at 1.00pm GMT - our time - via the diocesan website at (that's 3.00pm in South Africa).

The Diocese of False Bay lies immediately east of Cape Town and includes the southernmost tip of the African continent; it is linked particularly with the Archdeaconry of Cleveland in the north of the Diocese of York.

Canon Stafford is 57, and succeeds Bishop Margaret Vertue who retired in 2023. He is married to Yvette, who is Bishop of the Methodist Church and serves the extensive Cape of Good Hope Region. They have two adult daughters, Melanie and Bethany.

Stafford Moses was made a deacon in 1991 and ordained priest in 1992. He has served in parishes in Beaufort West, Somerset West, Khayelitsha, and Gordon’s Bay; most recently he has been Rector of All Saints Church, Muizenberg.

Dean of All Saints' Cathedral the Very Revd Ronald Phillips writes, "We are grateful to God for sending us a Bishop to lead the flock of Christ in False Bay. Let us all regularly and with tenderness of heart, pray for our Bishop-elect that he, together with us, God’s People, may tackle and interrogate what it means to be a Christian, a person of faith, an Anglican at a time when much of the world seems to push God further and further into oblivion.

"We covenant to hold up the hands and arms of our new Bishop and to walk with him in faith and confidence into the future, where Christ is the true Shepherd who will lead us in the paths of right-living.

"Welcome Bishop-elect Stafford, Yvette, Melanie and Bethany."